You never know when you might make an inadvertent mis-step.
But on the other hand, you can stumble on to something great by accident, too.
It began a few years ago, one Spring morning I spotted a heart sprayed curbside in front of my loft in downtown Los Angeles and took a picture.
A few weeks later in Little Tokyo, I took another one.
But then I snapped this one on 10th Avenue in New York and I realized this was going to be a habit. A travel-photo diary. A series. Something. I just knew it was fun. So I just snapped and saved. I didn't even look at the Street and Feet collection all together until now. It appears that there was goofy progression. At first it was numbers: First "zero", then "one":
Then came a rapid fire number sequence in Greenwhich Village:
I swear I never even realized any of this - -I was one of those "I 'm not a numbers person" (until I had my own business...)
But the ones and zeros evolved... to circles back on Traction Avenue
And then squares (with always appreciated confetti) in front of the Metropolitan Museum
And then-- who knows why-- I went botanical near the Hudson river
And again on West 55th street
But soon I went back to spray painted enhancements
Meeting cute in the East Village
And Serious and Spooky in Paris
So this is just the first in another occasional series
Without any fancy footwork, I'll be on my toes and and land on my feet with more
Meanwhile, here's a great link for beautiful, artful unexpected things just under your feet:
I use them all the time to serve nibbles, stash leftovers, the poached egg trick, baking individual portions of sweet or savory dishes, mis en place receptacles, they're the perfect all purpose little dish
I had heard of this newish wine bar in downtown and read an early review about expensive pours so I stayed away. What a mistake.
I take it the owners read that early review, too and revised their offerings and I was delighted to find this place with a friend who was a new convert.
Cork Bar is is a welcome discovery not just to downtown but to Los angeles. This is a great place to know about if you are going to an event and would like to eat and drink something delicious but don't want a long winded formal meal.
The vibe is comfortable and friendly like a neighborhood bar in a fresh, stylishly designed space with sleek wood walls and soaring ceilings.
I like the wine bottle installation above the bar:
They have the most amazing gougeres I have ever eaten. Light, fluffy, with just the right balance of eggy and crunchywith the perfect amount of cheese.
One night they were like this, the size of a tennis ball:
Another night, they had fallen a little. No matter -- still incredible and great paired with a glass of wine. And did I mention they're$6?
They have other appetizers that are delicious but I am obsessed the chef's supersized French treats.
The Pros: Comfortable, friendly, very informative bartenders, good range of wines and prices, fun multiple wine flight offerings at very affordable prices, amazing apps at reasonable prices, they've got an outdoor seating area, they're open everyday, for lunch, too and offer continous service so you can pop in at an odd hour and still get your gougere fix, they're open late into the evening, parking is easy
The Cons: There are still a few priceyglass pours but they are choice picks if you're in the mood to splurge. It can get a little noisy when there are more than a dozen or so people clustered in an area. It might help to buffer the wood walls to tone down the occasional noise level spikes
This is one I can easily go back to often, the type of place I'd like to see succeed.